The League of American Bicycles has named the City of Decatur a Bronze Level BFC! Decatur continues to make infrastructure and programming improvements to increase the safety as well as the prevalence of bicycling. With the addition of bike lanes and sharrows, bike valet parking at major events, bike safety training and more, the city has seen a large increase in the number of cyclists over the past years.
To learn more about the Bicycle Friendly Community program, visit www.bikeleague.org/community.
Third Friday Bike Ride is September 15, 6:30 pm
Join Decatur Active Living for the monthly Third Friday Bike Ride. Meet in front of the Decatur Recreation Center for this 6 mile ride around Decatur neighborhoods. After the ride we will visit a local watering hole for refreshment and fun. This is a slow-paced social, no-drop ride. Riders should be familiar with how to use their gears and be able to ride up small hills. It's Georgia and hard to avoid them! Click here for Meet-up page.
Helmets and cycling lights are required for City sponsored rides.
Extreme Makeover: Decatur Edition
Find out the latest about road closures and detours as the City of Decatur works to make our streets and downtown are safer for everyone. Click here to find out about detours and more.
PATH Master Plan
The City Commission has adopted the Decatur PATH Foundation Connectivity and Implementation Plan. The plan identifies 9.2 miles of bicycle and pedestrian trail improvements in 7 segments at a cost of approximately $12 million over a 10-year period. When implemented, it will provide a safe network of protected bike lanes throughout Decatur and beyond, including connections to important regional destinations such at the Atlanta BeltLine and Emory University.
The plan recommends the Commerce Drive Cycle Track as the first segment for implementation. This will provide a connection with two city-approved bicycle and pedestrian improvements, the North McDonough Streetscape Improvements (under construction) and the Church Street Cycle Track (planned for late 2017).
The plan was prepared by the PATH Foundation, its consultant, the Kaizen Collaborative, and a steering committee of Decatur residents and city staff.
Read the PATH Bicycle and Pedestrian Connectivity Master Plan here.
Get your newly designed I Bike Decatur t-shirt and show your support of biking in Decatur.
Shirts are dri-fit and perfect for riding on those warmer days. Both men and women cuts are available. Find yours at Decatur Bikes, Bicycle South or the Decatur Visitors Center for only $20.
Register Your Bike!
Registering your bicycle with the Decatur Police Department will help it to be identified and returned in the event of loss or theft. Contact Jennifer.Ross@decaturga.com to make an appointment. This is a free service for Decatur residents. Check our blog BeActiveDecatur.com regularly for announcements on the next Registration Event.
Join Sam's Freight Room Ride every Saturday at 2 pm. Meet at 415 E Howard Avenue, across from the Old Depot. All levels are welcome for this no-drop ride.
Silver Spokes Bicycling Program
Silver Spokes is a "pilot" senior bicycling program using adult tricycles that help cyclists maintain good balance and support those with mobility challenges. Held at Ebster Recreation Center.
Silver Spokes I meets Thursdays in September. These sessions will cover the basics.
Silver Spokes II meets Thursdays in October. Trike along with more advanced drills; take a ride on the PATH.
You must register for the month online to reserve a tricycle and space in the class. For more information click here or contact Sara Holmes at 678-553-6559.
Cycling in the City! Get the Scoop......
For information on cycling in Decatur, click here to view our latest Tourism Brochure. Pick up a hard copy at the Decatur Visitors Center or at Decatur Recreation Center. Learn about fun places to bike, where to stop for refreshments and other fun things to do in the City.
Check out the link at Bike DeKalb for routes in and around the City of Decatur. Come for a day, a weekend or longer and enjoy cycling around the county. Click here for more information and routes with maps.
The City of Decatur worked in partnership with Bike Decatur to create a bicycle suitability map. The map identifies roadways using three bicycle difficulty rankings with the intention of assisting cyclists in choosing suitable routes to desired destinations. The map features a main city map along with a downtown inset. The intention is to help cyclists of all levels bicycle to school, work, errands and recreation activities.
Maps are available at Decatur Active Living, the Decatur Visitors Center, Decatur Bikes and Bicycle South, and at many other businesses in Decatur. You can also download a copy here.
Special thanks to Jeff McMichael for creating this map and the many bicyclists who participated in its development.
Decatur Ten Mile Fun Ride
Decatur Ten Mile Cue Sheet
Bike Decatur Google Group
Ride the City: Plan your safe route
23 Mile Ride Decatur to Stone Mountain Loop
Southeastern Cycling: Georgia Road and Trail Maps
Bike Basics Brochure from AAA
Share the Road Flyer
Healthy Cycling: A Beginner's Guide